Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism.
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On a surprisingly sunny and warm day, as summer began its first turn toward fall, a group of women gathered on the grass overlooking woods extending around them in every direction at Willow River State Park for a session of outdoor yoga. Some were first-timers, some were regulars who had already hiked, kayaked and more, a couple came with friends and a few came alone, for the Women in the Parks event. The program is designed to be a comfortable environment for women to get more experience outdoors with other women.
Pull up a seat to the family table, and be ready for a show, as The Phipps presents "A Nice Family Gathering," a story of one extraordinary family holiday that still maintains a relatable sense of ordinary. As the undoubtedly Midwestern Lundeen family gathers for the first holiday since Dad passed away, the three siblings and Mom are dealing with a host of their own life problems. Financial trouble, infertility issues, job woes and health concerns all find their way to the dinner table, where an unexpected guest has joined.
The history of the St. Croix River is at the hands of players in a new interactive video game experience named "Tombeaux", unveiling at The Phipps as part of the Heart of the River exhibition. Created by UW-Stout Professor and School of Art and Design Director Dave Beck, the interactive experience will be unveiled Friday, Sept. 14 as part of the Heart of the River exhibit at The Phipps.
As the sun sets on the valley, lights turn on over diners and at the hands of guests at the bar, a fire heats the cooler night air, horses take off on a wagon ride, live music floats through the air; pizza, pasta, and of course, wine, makes its way to tables on the patio, and guests laugh and chat while gazing out at the vineyard and canopy of trees that surround them. Enjoying the full experience, from the food and drinks to the valley view, is what it's all about at Vino in the Valley. But one thing is missing — the wine.
In 1968, Dick and Linda Galletin tied the knot in a Catholic church in St. Paul, with a reception in the church's basement. Spring Valley resident Dean Madson, then a journalism student at UW-River Falls, borrowed a school camera, grabbed some film and captured it all. Something must have stuck. Fifty years later, Mike and Ashlie Moldenhauer celebrated their marriage at The Hidden Meadow and Barn in Pepin, with Madson serving as both the photographer and officiant. It was the last of more than 1,300 weddings that Madson has photographed.
A St. Croix County judge on Friday made rulings on key pieces of evidence as the case of a 19-year-old New Richmond man accused of terroristic threats heads to trial.
Off Judson Avenue, at the entrance of the International Bazaar, Minnesota State Fair visitors can find a taste of Hudson at Shanghaied Henri's. For the last 30 years, owners and Hudson residents Hank and Ellen Hanten have owned the food stand at that spot. They raised their kids, worked full careers and retired while running the stand, under a couple different names and types of cuisines, every year for the nearly two weeks of the Great Minnesota Get Together.
The annual Carpenter Art Festival is ready to kick off another year, with a few changes. Located at the Wisconsin section of the Carpenter Nature Center, the Thursday, Aug. 25 event features 45 various regional artists and vendors, including award-winning photographers. This year food will be available, provided by local Urban Olive and Vine, and 65 Vines and Rush River Brewery will be represented at the event. The Carpenter Nature Center will present live raptors and reptiles, and education on the importance of the natural habitat.
The barn at Settlement Hill Farm has seen a lot since the structure was first built in 1854, and now it's the scene of some people's happiest memories. Evonne and Michael Ganz have transformed the space into a wedding venue that will host ceremonies and receptions once a week through the summer season, May into October. The Ganz's own daughter, one of twins, was the first to get married in the barn years ago, after it had initially been redone for a church dance.
Ralph Bader was a man who walked the walk. As the St. Croix County Sheriff for nearly 10 years, Bader held all of his deputies, and any law enforcement he was around, to high standards. "He wanted you to make sure you were of high moral fiber — those were the words he used — and he preached it quite often," said retired Sheriff John Shilts, who was hired to the department by Bader.